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Elite mountain bike series announced

Published: Thu 1 Nov 2012 03:48 PM
1 November 2012
Attention Sports Editors
Elite mountain bike series announced
BikeNZ is pleased to announce the 2013 New Zealand Mountain Bike Cups and 2013 Mountain Bike National Championships to be held in the New Year.
The NZ MTB Cups series will host five downhill and four cross country events, starting in Bluff on January 4 and concluding at the series finale in Hunua, Auckland on February 10 where series champions will be crowned.
On the back of New Zealand’s recent success at the World Championships in Austria, in particular the U19 rainbow jersey winning ride of Anton Cooper, this series is set to attract a large following from fans and riders alike.
“Anton is going to be a huge draw card for spectators at some of these events after earning his World Champion status in September,” said event manager Vicki Butterworth.
“Mountain biking is actually a very spectator-friendly sport with some great vantage points. Whether it is a multi-lap cross country race, or a point-to-point downhill event, fans can get in close and witness the non-stop action from some very fast and skilled athletes.
“All of our top Kiwi riders will be coming along to compete because they love racing at home, but also want to do well in New Zealand to push their claims for selection in national teams later in the year.”
The Kiwis may not have it all their own way, however, as a significant international presence is expected to head down under for the European winter and may challenge for the title.
“For the most part, the international riders who come to New Zealand will be using this series for off-season training, but these guys can’t help themselves when put in a competitive environment so will be giving it everything to win,” said Butterworth.
Consistency will be the key to success in this compact competition with every point crucial. Riders can drop their worst performance from their overall tallies, but any further slip ups could be very costly.
“These riders have a busy summer ahead with the NZ MTB Cups and the National’s all happening in a short period of time so they’ll need to be switched on in order to get the most out of it,” said Butterworth.
The 2013 Mountain Bike National Championships, for both downhill and cross country, will be held in Rotorua at the conclusion of the Cups from February 15-17, as part of the Rotorua Bike Festival. This event is for New Zealand residents only as riders vie for national titles.
For more information, including rider entries, visit www.bikenz.org.nz.
2013 NZ MTB Cups:4th & 5th January 2013Round 1 NZ MTB CupDown HillBluff, Southland6th January 2013Round 1 NZ MTB CupCross CountryBluff, Southland12th – 13th January 2013Round 2 NZ MTB CupDown HillMt Hutt, Canterbury18th – 19th January 2013Round 3 NZ MTB CupDown HillNelson20th January 2013Round 2 NZ MTB CupCross CountryNelson2nd – 3rd February 2013Round 4 NZ MTB CupDown HillLevin, Manawatu3rd February 2013Round 3 NZ MTB CupCross CountryMt Victoria, Wellington8th & 9th February 2013Round 5 NZ MTB CupDown HillHunua, Auckland10th February 2013Round 4 NZ MTB CupCross Country Hunua,
Auckland
2013 Mountain Bike National Championships
15th – 17th February 2013 Mountain Bike National Championships Rotorua
This image is free for editorial use only; mandatory credit Marius Maasewerd.
CAPTION: “World Champion Anton Cooper will be a in action at New Zealand mountain bike events this summer.
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